Dear Mona, What is the average age difference among couples?My partner and I are 28 years apart, so I’m sure we’re an outlier, but by how much?Even if you’re legally in the clear, a large age difference can undermine the long-term viability of your relationship..action_button.action_button:active.action_button:hover.action_button:focus,.action_button:hover.action_button:focus .count,.action_button:hover .count.action_button:focus .count:before,.action_button:hover .count:bullet. Right now I am pondering a situation between like 6 or 7.A middle-aged man dating a much younger woman has long been thought of in American culture as a classic sign of midlife crisis.
Yet, only 10 percent of these marriages were between men and women with that optimal age difference.
New research shows that, at least for the Sami people of preindustrial Finland, men should marry a woman almost 15 years their junior to maximize their chances of having the most offspring that survive.
"We studied how parental age difference at marriage affected [families'] reproductive success among Sami people who married only once in their lifetime[s]," says ecologist Samuli Helle of the University of Turku in Finland.
Sometimes a significant age gap makes a relationship impossible.
No matter how real your feelings are, getting involved with someone under the age of 18 can lead to serious legal trouble.